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Make cron send emails only on errors

Stop using >/dev/null 2>&1. Use https://habilis.net/cronic/.

Cronic (somehow aka chronic, do they refer to the same thing?) has been a perfect workaround of the design failure of cron.

According to the official website of Cronic:

Cronic is a small shim shell script for wrapping cron jobs so that cron only sends email when an error has occurred. Cronic defines an error as any non-trace error output or a non-zero result code.

Clear enough. In other words, cronic only prints output when the script that it wraps encounters an issue, otherwise it runs silently.

On CentOS, install chronic with the following command:

$ yum install moreutils

and edit your crontab:

$ crontab -e

Remove >/dev/null 2>&1, add chronic at the beginning of the command, like so:

0 1 * * * cronic backup
Birkhoff Lee

Birkhoff Lee

I'm Birkhoff Lee, a developer since the age of 7. I'm still learning cyber security and site reliability engineering. Recently having Harvard CS50.

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